The Last 8 – The Center Circle – Football Article

The 2018 World Cup Quarterfinals We’re going to try these predictions again. At this point quite a few stages of this unpredictable World Cup has thoroughly kicked our butts so we’re not going to ask you to place bets at your bookie based on anything we say just yet BUT we do have something going for us and that’s this: We may have been wrong about some of the final scores but we did predict how the games would possibly…

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Discussing the 201 World Cup Semi Finals – Football Article

2018 World Cup Semifinals Every day at the Center Circle, we’re constantly talking about soccer. After all, it’s literally what we do. In order to preview the World Cup Semi-finals, we wanted to let you see inside one of those conversations between two of our resident soccer experts. This is a transcribed conversation between Tise Okuo and James Wilkinson, who managed to avoid bickering about who is the best team in North London just long enough to take an in…

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The World Cup Final: How we got here and what to expect – The Center Circle – Football Article

The 2018 World Cup Final It seems like ages ago now we were watching Russia drub Saudi Arabia in the opening match of this World Cup. So much has happened in the past month to get us to this point. It’s been referred to by some in the media and even the FIFA head Gianni Infantino as the best World Cup ever, and there’s certainly been no lack of on pitch drama. Now we arrive at the final, having left…

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2018 FIFA World Cup – Germany Creates History in Russia – Football Article

Brazil and Italy had succeeded to meet the deed in 1958 and 1968 when Brazil took two consecutive World Cups and so did Italy in 1934 and 1938 but a nation defending its FIFA World Cup title like Germany has never been seen in the modern football history. In Retrospect Nowadays when footballs is nothing like the times when names like Guiseppe Meazza, Silvio Piola and Garrincha played the field with class and elegance, the new and exceptionally gifted German…

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2018 World Cup: Team of the Tournament – The Center Circle – Football Article

The World Cup XI The 2018 World Cup will go down as one of the best tournaments ever and may be the very best. There might not have been a team that was an A+++ or a 10/10 team but it felt like there were quite a few teams between 6/10 and 8/10 and that made for a competitive cup and a final that was possibly the best major tournament finale of the modern age. Picking the team of the…

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The last shot for Messi to score the big one – Football Article

The unbelievable seemed quite real some days ago. Argentina was almost to miss out the next year’s World Cup. The giants of South America will still be at the World cup only thanks to the remarkable play of the little virtuoso Lionel Messi who scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Ecuador on Tuesday. La Albicelestes were very close to record their first left out of the World Cup since 1970. Showing up when most needed One would ask…

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Assessing the FIFA World Cup legacy in Russia – Football Article

My own abiding memory of the 2018 World Cup Final was not the atmosphere before, during or after the game; nor was it was not the array of talents and goals, or the extremely large number of Chinese media who had not been for the matches at Luzhniki previously. It was a moment that turned the heart crossways in me. As my co-commentator was following the action, to give me a water break, I spotted a uniform. Then another. I stood up and…

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The 3 Biggest Let-downs During 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Football Article

Even before the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and several squads yet to be selected in the remaining playoff rounds, the teams that will qualify for the tournament are already clear. Despite several unexpected good performances, there are also the other surprisingly disappointing teams otherwise with many star players at their hands. Those are the three greatest underperformers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers so far. Chile Chile undoubtedly has been one of the principals of…

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Pep gives reason behind stars new position – Football Article

Share Tweet Share Share Email Kevin De Bruyne had to play much deeper than usual in the Carabao Cup second leg win at Burton Albion Everyone knows that Pep Guardiola loves tinkering around with his team selection every once in a while, and Manchester City‘s 9-0 lead over Burton Albion allowed him to do just that. After naming his squad, the gaffer revealed that one player might play out of position, as he was capable of doing so. “I know them quite well,…

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Meghan Klingenberg – Why She Should Be in the USWNT – Football Article

The Klingenberg Case Klingenberg – Courtesy of the Portland Timbers The World Cup in Russia might be over, but there’s another World Cup right on the horizon (and we’re not talking about the Qatar one). Next year, in France, the world’s best women’s teams will again assemble to compete for the right to be known as the best squad in the world. This time, the United States will actually have a team in the tournament! This World Cup will feature…

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Optimistic Prospects In The Face of Disappointing Records: The Netherlands – Football Article

The Netherlands ended up third in the Group A standings of the UEFA World Cup Qualifiers and after lining up just behind France and Sweden they were knocked out form the game. Missing out on the World Cup for a second consecutive time after failing at the European Championship last year, the Dutch got settled among the greatest disappointments during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The football fans are disappointed and the time for transformation has come for the…

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Analysing German football post 2018…Löw and behold – Football Article

For Die Mannschaft, 2018 was annus horribilis, a year eminently forgettable in more ways than one. Never before in their illustrious history had the German national team failed in successive tournaments in the same year. However, this palpable crisis may also be the harbinger of another good era for arguably the most consistent nation in world football. Embed from Getty Images Seeing the team losing like this and going out at the group stage was not easy. Even if you…

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Villar alerts – Spain is risking to bypass the World Cup – Football Article

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), recently removed from his position, notified that due to government hindrance the national team could miss out the World Cup next year in Russia. After being accused of misuse of funds, unsound managerial practices, falsifying papers and corruption, Angel Maria Villar was suspended in July and is currently awaiting legal procedures. Not long ago FIFA forewarned issuing a letter to RFEF to express its worries in relation to the autonomy of…

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